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February 19, 2000 | Reuters
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the independent distributor of motion pictures such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Last Emperor," filed to take the company public with a $140-million initial stock offering. The Santa Monica-based company did not say how many shares of common stock it plans to sell or for how much in the preliminary prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Those details are expected in future filings.
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May 5, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Artisan Entertainment Inc. plans to release the first high-definition DVD for the home video market next month. Its lead character is a computer-driven android, which is fitting. That's because the disc will play only on a PC. The movie is "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," already released twice on conventional DVDs, once on regular VHS, once on laserdisc and once on D-VHS, a high-definition version of videotape.
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June 1, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the movie company that released the "Blair Witch" films, has sued financier and producer Peter Hoffman for allegedly causing the company to scrap plans for a first-time stock sale. Artisan claims that a film-financing project backed by insurance policies that Hoffman proposed fell apart, forcing the company to halt production on films and delay its initial public offering.
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March 26, 2003 | Jon Healey
In its first deal with an unaffiliated studio, Movielink, the online movie distributor owned by five major Hollywood film companies, is set to announce an agreement today with independent Artisan Entertainment Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Movielink is jointly owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.
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March 26, 2003 | Jon Healey
In its first deal with an unaffiliated studio, Movielink, the online movie distributor owned by five major Hollywood film companies, is set to announce an agreement today with independent Artisan Entertainment Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Movielink is jointly owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.
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June 30, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the studio that released last year's sleeper horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," said co-Chief Executive Mark Curcio has quit. Curcio was forced out amid a power struggle with co-CEO Amir Malin and co-President Bill Block, both of whom felt Curcio failed to take advantage of the company's Internet marketing success with "Blair Witch."
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May 5, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Artisan Entertainment Inc. plans to release the first high-definition DVD for the home video market next month. Its lead character is a computer-driven android, which is fitting. That's because the disc will play only on a PC. The movie is "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," already released twice on conventional DVDs, once on regular VHS, once on laserdisc and once on D-VHS, a high-definition version of videotape.
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March 28, 2000 | JAMES BATES and CLAUDIA ELLER
Artisan Entertainment, the independent distributor behind the low-budget horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," wants to sell stock in itself. How appropriate. Owning shares in movie companies usually ends up being a really frightening experience.
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January 11, 2003 | Claudia Eller
After a brief 15-month tenure, Robert Cooper is relinquishing his dual posts as chief executive of Artisan Pictures and vice chairman of its parent, Artisan Entertainment, the company said. Cooper will relaunch his former movie and TV production company Landscape Pictures. The company will have a deal at AOL Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema. The executive remains a shareholder of Artisan, which retains a financial position in more than a dozen projects Cooper will take with him.
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August 15, 2001
Artisan Entertainment President Bill Block is leaving the independent film and video distributor to "seek other investment and restructuring opportunities," the company said. Block, a former talent agent and one of the founding partners of Artisan, said he will retain his 8.2% stake in the company. In 1997, Block helped put together the deal in which investment firm Bain Capital bought Live Entertainment, which became Artisan.
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January 11, 2003 | Claudia Eller
After a brief 15-month tenure, Robert Cooper is relinquishing his dual posts as chief executive of Artisan Pictures and vice chairman of its parent, Artisan Entertainment, the company said. Cooper will relaunch his former movie and TV production company Landscape Pictures. The company will have a deal at AOL Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema. The executive remains a shareholder of Artisan, which retains a financial position in more than a dozen projects Cooper will take with him.
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September 29, 2001 | Claudia Eller
Artisan Entertainment is acquiring the assets of Landscape Entertainment and installing the fledgling company's founder, Robert Cooper, as vice chairman and head of its movie and television production operations. As part of the deal, Landscape's Canadian shareholder, Bell Globemedia, will transfer its investment to Artisan in exchange for 20% of the parent company, best known for the surprise horror hit "The Blair Witch Project."
BUSINESS
August 15, 2001
Artisan Entertainment President Bill Block is leaving the independent film and video distributor to "seek other investment and restructuring opportunities," the company said. Block, a former talent agent and one of the founding partners of Artisan, said he will retain his 8.2% stake in the company. In 1997, Block helped put together the deal in which investment firm Bain Capital bought Live Entertainment, which became Artisan.
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June 1, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the movie company that released the "Blair Witch" films, has sued financier and producer Peter Hoffman for allegedly causing the company to scrap plans for a first-time stock sale. Artisan claims that a film-financing project backed by insurance policies that Hoffman proposed fell apart, forcing the company to halt production on films and delay its initial public offering.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the studio that released last year's sleeper horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," said co-Chief Executive Mark Curcio has quit. Curcio was forced out amid a power struggle with co-CEO Amir Malin and co-President Bill Block, both of whom felt Curcio failed to take advantage of the company's Internet marketing success with "Blair Witch."
BUSINESS
March 28, 2000 | JAMES BATES and CLAUDIA ELLER
Artisan Entertainment, the independent distributor behind the low-budget horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," wants to sell stock in itself. How appropriate. Owning shares in movie companies usually ends up being a really frightening experience.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2001 | Claudia Eller
Artisan Entertainment is acquiring the assets of Landscape Entertainment and installing the fledgling company's founder, Robert Cooper, as vice chairman and head of its movie and television production operations. As part of the deal, Landscape's Canadian shareholder, Bell Globemedia, will transfer its investment to Artisan in exchange for 20% of the parent company, best known for the surprise horror hit "The Blair Witch Project."
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March 28, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Film and television studio Artisan Entertainment Inc. said it bought rights to the life story of Enron Corp. Vice President Sherron S. Watkins and the upcoming book "Power Failure" to turn into a television movie. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Artisan is best known for releasing the hit independent film "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999. Its recently formed Artisan Television wing is a supplier of made-for-TV movies.
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February 19, 2000 | Reuters
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the independent distributor of motion pictures such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Last Emperor," filed to take the company public with a $140-million initial stock offering. The Santa Monica-based company did not say how many shares of common stock it plans to sell or for how much in the preliminary prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Those details are expected in future filings.
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